Thursday night. At church with Rob on Feb. 26th — during the Affirmation of Faith, the congregation recited this together: Prayer means calling upon God, whose Spirit is always present with us. In prayer we approach God with reverence, confidence, and humility. Prayer brings us into communion with God. Through prayer, God frees us from anxiety, equips us for service, and deepens our faith. When we pray to God as “our Father,” we draw near with childlike reverence, and place ourselves securely in God’s hands. We express our confidence that we rest securely in God’s intimate care and that nothing on earth lies beyond the reach of God’s grace…

I thought it was worth sharing. I especially like the part about God freeing us from anxiety as we pray, deepening our faith, and equipping us for His service. It happens so often — I can’t sleep, so I pray. Finally, after turning over my burdens to the Lord, there is such a sense of release and calm….

Hymn: This is My Father’s World.

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise. This is my Father’s world, he shines in all that’s fair; in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad.

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